Down but not out for sail­ing fam­ily

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

IT IS no sur­prise to see Mara and Leroy Stran­sky mov­ing around their fa­ther’s self-built cata­ma­ran, Fan­ta­sia II, as if it’s sec­ond na­ture. Their gym­nast-like agility comes from spend­ing much of their young lives aboard boats with dad An­drew and his part­ner Carolyn Smith.

But de­spite a great start to Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week, Fan­ta­sia was sadly forced to with­draw af­ter a ma­jor col­li­sion min­utes prior to the start on day four.

“It’s hard,” said an ob­vi­ously de­jected An­drew af­ter berthing at the ma­rina and sur­vey­ing the ma­jor dam­age to the boat’s port bow.

“We’re a low bud­get af­fair try­ing to do this and it’s a fam­ily home we’re driv­ing here.”

But by good for­tune there were three boat builders aboard Fan­ta­sia, so with much scrap­ing around for the nec­es­sary ma­te­ri­als to ef­fect a very tem­po­rary re­pair, amaz­ingly the yacht was headed back out on Fri­day, Au­gust 21.

“We’ve had gen­er­ous of­fers of tools, ma­te­ri­als and plenty of opin­ions,” said a more buoy­ant Carolyn that morn­ing.

“There re­ally aren’t many ma­te­ri­als avail­able for this sort of work on the is­land so the whole thing’s be­ing held to­gether with what­ever we could get hold of.

“I even saved the Eye of Horus that we have painted on the bows and patched that back in too!”

Life aboard boats started young for Mara (16) and Leroy (17), so set­backs such as this are not new.

“Mara was very young when we crossed the At­lantic so she got her sea legs early,” re­called Carolyn. When all was said and done

Fan­ta­sia fin­ished third over­all in the Mul­ti­hull Rac­ing Di­vi­sion of Race Week – a tes­ta­ment to a fam­ily for whom the sea per­vades ev­ery fi­bre of their col­lec­tive and in­di­vid­ual DNA.

Photo: An­drea Fran­col­ini

IN FINE FORM: Fan­ta­sia II dur­ing day one of Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week.

Photo: Craig Green­hill / Salt­wa­ter Im­ages

UP­SIDE DOWN: Mara Stran­sky with her dad An­drew Stran­sky aboard their cata­ma­ran Fan­ta­sia II, re­paired and ready to sail again.

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